Clare Stevens from Hilary Meredith looks at the Inquest into Brecon Beacons SAS Tragedy

I was concerned and saddened to hear of the death of a third SAS Reservist following the Brecon Beacons training exercise earlier in July on one of the hottest days of the year. My condolences go out to the family.

I do however welcome the news that the Coroner investigating the deaths has confirmed she will carry out a detailed investigation. At an inquest, the Coroner is required to consider “who” the deceased was, “how”, “when “and “where” the deceased came by his death. In a traditional inquest, the question of “how” will be considered by a Coroner as “by what means”. However, where an enhanced investigation is to be conducted by the Coroner (often called an ‘Article 2 Inquest’), “how” does not just mean “by what means” but “by what means and in what circumstances”. This allows a more wide reaching and broader inquiry into the death. The Coroner is also able to make recommendations to prevent similar deaths. I hope she does as this was a totally avoidable tragedy.